Below are the complete SickthingsUK news archives going back to 2004 when I first added news to the front page.
NOTE: The further back you go, the less likely it is that links and images will work, because the original sites no longer have the articles.

Vampires Press and DD Update 17th May 2019

The Hollywood Vampires are over half way through their short tour and various reviews and articles have started to appear. PE.com has a few words with Jo Perry, SF Weekly review the San Francisco show, although the reviewer clearly went to the show intending to trash it. They have some photos too. The Denver post have photos from the Denver show, as does Westword. 303Magazine review the Fillmore show and Glide Magazine have more photos.
UPDATE: Just after I posted this EarMusic released a new video for ‘The Boogieman Surprise‘. See below.

Dennis Dunaway has posted part 2 of his Astroturf Film Festival blog post which you can check out here. This one covers the Detroit festival.
Blue Coupe will be playing with Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter at The City Winery in New York City on May 31st. The event is already sold out but you can sign up for a waiting list in case any more tickets become available.
There’s also a new interview with Dennis at ‘The College Crowd Hates Me‘ which covers a lot of ground including the story behind ‘Black Juju’.
Finally for DD news the ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ mini-movie has been accepted into the ‘Indie Horror Film Festival‘ in Illinois and will be screened on July 13th. Dennis is hoping for other festival screenings to follow soon. For those who took part in the Pledge campaign to make the film, your pledge items have started to ship so watch your mail box!

Nita Strauss has released a new video for ‘Mariana Trench’ which features live and backstage footage from her last solo tour. You can check it out here. Nita also joined US band Evanescence on stage at the Epicenter Festival in North Carolina last week, footage of which you can see at Ultimate Guitar along with a few words from Nita.
Nita is out on her solo tour right now.

Special Guests At The Greek 12th May 2019

Last night saw the Hollywood Vampires hit the famous Greek Theater in Los Angeles and perhaps unsurprisingly they had a couple of special guests. Marilyn Manson joined them onstage briefly at the end of ‘I’m Eighteen‘, and Steven Tyler turned up to sing ‘Train Kept A Rollin’‘.

Vampires Tour Begins 11th May 2019

Last night was the opening show on the Hollywood Vampire’s mini-tour at The Joint in Las Vegas. Not much information has surfaced just yet however it appears the set list was similar to last years shows but with several of that shows cover songs replaced by songs from the new album ‘Rise’. A short rehearsal video posted to social media did show a full set list sheet, however I don’t yet know if that was a final list used last night. Also on the Hollywood Vampires facebook page they posted a very short clip of a second song from the album.
Of course there’s been some interview action promoting the tour. Alice was on KTNV Channel 13 yesterday morning talking about the show, while AZCentral has an interview with Alice and Joe Perry talked to CV Weekly. More coverage will certainly follow.
UPDATE: Setlist confirmed with photos at Ultimate Classic Rock. Check out Alice playing guitar on ‘Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’.

Nita Strauss has launched a new project called the ‘Body Shred Challenge’, a fitness challenge aimed at musicians and music fans. The promo blurb goes “Body Shred is a unique, 3 month fitness challenge that pairs a love of music with passion for getting healthier in your body and mind! Participants will have the chance to win prize packages valued at over $2,500 while becoming a part of a fun, supportive world wide community. Along with this challenge, participants will have access to an exclusive Facebook group for challenge members to inspire and encourage each other as well as Facebook Live workouts and Q&A with Nita and some surprise guests, and weekly challenge emails from Nita with recipes, workout ideas and more!”
You can find more details at NitaStrauss.com with links to join the challenge.

95.9 KRFF interviewed Chuck and Calico the other day after the Bismark show with Halestorm, and you can listen to the chat on Soundcloud now.
Calico was also on DV Radio’s ‘Contraband’ for an hour long interview and you can listen to that one here.

Backstage Auctions have announced their 2019 ‘Rock Gods And Metal Monsters’ auction and this year it features various Alice related lots which, for a change, are very affordable including tour posters and programmes. The auction runs from today until May 19th.

More Awards For Astroturf 7th May 2019

‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ has won two more awards at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. It’s won awards for ‘Documentary under 60 minutes’ and ‘Editing’. Congratulations to all involved.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland have announced an ‘Alice Cooper Fan Day‘ on July 14th. The Rock Hall will be airing special screenings of the 2011 Alice Cooper Induction ceremony footage in it’s Foster Theater. The raw footage features special performances and the induction speech given by Rob Zombie. There’s also unlimited free play on the Alice Cooper pinball machine in the ‘Part of The Machine: Rock & Pinball’ exhibit, and 10% off Alice Cooper related merchandise in their store.

AAA.com has a new interview with Alice about cars, but be warned their site is a little silly, as it demands your zip code and then takes you away from the page you want to actually read. If you enter ‘12345’ and then hit your ‘back’ button and intrupt the page loading, then you should be able to read it…

Audio Ink have a new interview with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper about Beasto Blanco’s new album ‘We Are’ and the current tour.

TheSeeker.ca have a new interview with Damon Johnson including chat about his time with Alice. Damon is booked to play a solo show in London on August 6th at the 02 in Islington. Tickets are on sale now. Check out DamonJohnson.com for a full list of other shows Damon has coming up.

Alice and Neal Smith Perform Together 2nd May 2019

AZCentral have posted a review of last weekends ‘Rock & Roll Golf Classic’ jam show which included Neal Smith joining Alice for a final ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’ at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, AZ. The show also included Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Mickey Dolenz and Robby Krieger (The Doors) with whom Alice performed Doors classics ‘People Are Strange‘, ‘Break On Through‘ and ‘Light My Fire’.
Alice performed his own short set of course including ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Be My Lover’, ‘Lost In America’ and ‘I’ll Bite Your Face Off’ as well as ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ by Kiss before being joined by Neal for the finale.
All proceeds from the annual charity event go to ‘The Rock’.

‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ will be screened at the North East Mountain Film Festival which runs between June 14th and 16th in Dillard House, GA. Exact details of when the film will be shown should be announced soon.
In other Astroturf news Dennis Dunaway has posted a new blog recalling the events at the Phoenix Fim Festival.

‘The Well’ have posted part two of their Alice interview which you can listen to here.

R.I.P. David Winters 25th April 2019

British-born choreographer, actor, producer, screenwriter and director David Winters has passed away at 80. Winters, who played A-rab in the original ‘West Side Story’ film as well as working with Elvis (on ‘Viva Las Vegas’), and The Monkees,  had a long friendship with Alice and Sheryl Cooper, and directed the ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ concert film in 1975. You can read more background about Winters here. Alice posted the following to social media earlier today:

“David Winters realized what we were trying to do in 1975 with with our rock production of “Welcome To My Nightmare.” He saw the potential of merging hard rock Alice Cooper with theater. We chose him as director/choreographer because he portrayed A-rab in the classic film “West Side Story.” That film was a huge influence on us as a band. But most of all, David selected an 18 year old ballerina out of hundreds of top notch auditioning LA dancers to dance on the ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ concert tour.  That dancer (Sheryl) and I are still happily married after 43 years. I could not have found a more kindred spirit than David.”- Alice Cooper

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new interview with Alice talking about the new Hollywood Vampires album, the next show, a new solo album and other stuff.

There’s also a new interview at AZCentral promoting this weekends Alice Cooper Golf event (which also features Neal Smith) and ‘The Rock’ teen center. It also mentions the upcoming albums.

If you are on the fence about getting tickets for any of the forthcoming US shows Live Nation have announced its fifth annual ‘National Concert Week’, set for May 1st to 7th. This offers fans the chance to purchase $20 tickets (all-in, including fees) for over 2000 different shows, and the offer apparently includes the Alice Cooper/Halestorm shows.

Fan footage of Alice’s full Q&A session from the FanX event in Salt Lake city is now up on YouTube.

The University Of Buffalo has a new interview with Shep Gordon about his career with a few interesting stories.

See Alice Cook.. Live! 24th April 2019

Alice will be a guest at the BottleRock festival in Napa Valley, CA which runs between May 24th and 26th. However he won’t be performing at the festival… rather, it appears he will be a guest on the ‘Culinary Stage’ which seems to be a bunch of chef’s and celebrities cooking while people watch… Limited tickets are available now.

Calico Cooper posted a message on facebook reporting that her stage baseball bat, ‘Suzanne’ was stolen at the Denver Beasto Blanco show on April 23rd. Here’s the full message. If you can help let her know.

Dear Denver-
We have a thief among us. Last night my bat was stolen from the show. We have a pretty good idea of the guy who took it, but we want to give them the chance to do the right thing before we take further action.
My bat “Suzanne” has been with Beasto since we started. It’s been the same Bat in all the videos, stage shows, and photos. It means a lot to me.
We all Make mistakes. We all drink a little too much and make a bad call, but here’s your chance to make it right before it gets worse. Please return the bat, no questions asked by us, to MUDHEN MERCH, 7190 W Sunset Blvd. #1093, Los Angeles, CA. 90046.
To the rest of the fans that came last night, thank you for an amazing show, for being a spectacular crowd, and if you see you know who with Suzanne, do what you need to do.

The new issue of Goldmine Magazine has a 6 page feature on Alice Cooper including interviews with Neal, Michael and Dennis separately answering the same questions including their thoughts on the original band split, the early days and the recent get togethers. It’s a good feature and worth checking out. It’s the June issue you want with ‘The Zombies’ on the cover (with Alice Cooper listed a the bottom).

Glen Sobel and the Goon Squad (Glen, Chuck, Tommy and Ryan) will play a ‘pre-show’ at Sub Alpine Club in Turtle Creek, PA on July 18th (the night before the Pittsburgh show). Tickets are on sale now from “Sub Alpine Club, Attic Records, Dave’s Music Mine, Record Connection (Niles, OH), Anthony Lamonde and the Borstal Boys and Lily V. Sixx” or by phone on 330-219-0016. ‘The Borstal Boys’ open and you can see the flyer below.

Dennis Dunaway will be a guest at the ‘School of Rock’ event at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY (Nr. Woodstock) on July 3rd. Dennis will be speaking and sitting in with the young musicians during an Alice Cooper set. This looks like it’s a private event. Also, if you’re going to the Foxwoods Alice Cooper show on July 4th you might want to keep your eyes open for Dennis and Cindy!

When Blue Coupe play Sweden Rock on June 8th they will have a special guest sitting in… Ryan Roxie!

Geeks Of Doom have posted an article about Alice’s recent appearance at the Philly Comic-com with a few photos, and speaking of the recent comic convention appearances ‘Lucifer’ star Tom Ellis posted the photos of himself with Alice at FanX, stating “So it turns out @alicecooper is not only a lovely man he’s also a big #lucifan I am beyond happy.” There is also an article about the FanX appearance at the HeraldExtra, but they won’t let you read it if you live in Europe..

 

Astroturf Film Wins Second Award 19th April 2019

Following the screening at the Dallas International Film Festival this week ‘Live From The Astroturf’ won the ‘Audience Award for Documentary’, the second award the film has won after the ‘Best Documentary Short’ award in Phoenix. Dennis and Cindy Dunaway, Chris Penn and director Steve Gaddis were again on hand to accept the award. More festival screening are hopefully on the way.
Dennis and Chris were also on local radio station Lone Star 92.5 promoting the film and you can see video from that on Facebook.

A reminder that Alice will be at the FanX Comic Convention in Salt Lake City this Friday and Saturday to sign autographs and take part in a Q&A. You can get more details here.

The Well‘ has part 1 of a new golf related interview with Alice and while it’s starts with golf there is other stuff in there as well.

‘Rise’ Album due June 21st 18th April 2019

Good to their word EarMusic have release details of the new Hollywood Vampires album ‘Rise’ which will be released on June 21st. The video for the first single can be seen below, with the full album press release undeneath.

The Hollywood Vampires – return with new music from their explosive second album, “Rise.” Rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper join forces once again for the unmissable rock album of 2019.

Seconds into the opening track “I Want My Now,” it’s clear this supergroup has created something special – the chemistry between the individuals is unmistakable when they come together on stage or in the recording studio. Forget the star-studded lineup’s individual reputations, “Rise” is some of the purest, unapologetic and most enjoyable rock and roll of the year, made by masters of the craft and true fans of the form.

Unlike their 2015 debut record, the new album “Rise” consists mainly of original material, written by the band. There are however, in the spirit of the Vampires’ original mission, three covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too young: an intimate and intense version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”,  beautifully performed by Johnny Depp; the late Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died,” and Johnny Thunder’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” sung by Joe Perry. Raucous rock anthems like “The Boogieman Surprise” and “Who’s Laughing Now” (the first single from the new album), capture the natural, raw, celebratory attitude of Hollywood Vampires displayed in their rowdy shows around the world.  But the album shows off their range as well with tracks like “We Gotta Rise” – a tongue-in-cheek politics song in the the tradition of Alice’s “Elected” – to the psychedelic gothic epic of “Mr. Spider.

“‘Rise’ is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I’ve ever been a part of.  I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album.  Each of us; Joe, Johnny, Tommy and myself have written songs on this album.  What is different though is that I didn’t try to change any songs to be more “Alice-like.”  Because each of us has different influences, the sound of this album is very cool.  I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires’ sound really is, whereas with the first album we were more tipping our hats to our fallen rock n roll brothers.” – Alice Cooper

“’Rise’ came from pure creative energy, which is just like playing live with the Vampires. The record showcases everyone doing what they do best without anyone looking over our shoulders. There was no pressure or deadlines, allowing us to write and record an album that is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I’ve been part of. I can’t wait to perform some of these tunes live for our fans.” – Joe Perry

earMUSIC, the global independent rock label of Edel Germany GmbH, is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Hollywood Vampires. Following the release of Alice Cooper’s 2017 studio album “Paranormal” on earMUSIC, his best chart-performing work in decades, the label is proud to welcome the band to their family.

Produced by Tommy Henriksen and the Hollywood Vampires, “Rise” will be released on June 21st, 2019 on earMUSIC as CD Digipak, 2LP+Download (various color vinyl) and Digital.

TRACK LIST

  1. I Want My Now
  2. Good People Are Hard To Find
  3. Who’s Laughing Now
  4. How The Glass Fell
  5. The Boogieman Surprise
  6. Welcome To Bushwackers (feat. Jeff Beck & John Waters)
  7. The Wrong Bandage
  8. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
  9. Git From Round Me
  10. Heroes
  11. A Pitiful Beauty
  12. New Threat
  13. Mr. Spider
  14. We Gotta Rise
  15. People Who Died
  16. Congratulations
Hollywood Vampires Announcement 15th April 2019

EarMusic will be posting “Audio premiere and first album information” on their YouTube channel at 11pm UK time, 6pm EST for the US. You can set a reminder if you’re signed into YouTube.
I’ve embed it below, but don’t know whether it will work watching live directly on this page.

Nita Strauss was on Youtube the other day answering fan submitted questions which you can watch here.

The new ‘Hellboy’ movie, a ‘R’ rated reboot for the franchise which isn’t getting the greatest reviews, apparently features ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ on the soundtrack.

Kip Winger makes some nice references to Alice in a recent interview.

New Beasto Blanco Video 12th April 2019

I mentioned earlier that the new Beasto Blanco video for ‘The Seeker’ was due Monday… well, it’s just appeared on youtube so here it is!

New Roxie Single

Ryan Roxie releases a new single today from his ‘Imagine Your Reality’ album. This time it’s ‘Look Me In The Eye’ and you can check out the video below. Roxie is currently in the road in the US as part of the ‘Planet Axe’ tour.

With the ‘Live From The Astroturf’ movie hitting the Detroit Film Festival this week there’s more press to promote it including articles in Detroit Free Press and Music Radar.

Alice was in Phoenix on Wednesday (10th) at the ground breaking ceremony for a new ‘White Castle’ restaurant and was briefly interviewed by a local news channel KGUN. The restaurant chain has a “Hall Of Fame” and Alice was inducted a few years ago. In is honour the new outlet will have an ‘Alice Cooper Corner’ where a photo of Alice will be hung.

Beasto Blanco will release a new promo video for ‘The Seeker’ on Monday. It’s the opening track of their new album ‘We Are’ and the promo was directed by Calico Cooper herself! There’s a short preview on her Facebook page.

Talkhouse has an interview with Chainsaw Kittens frontman Tyson Meade talking about the influence Alice Cooper and ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ has had on his life and career.

New Show – Knoxville 8th April 2019

Alice Cooper and Halestorm have added a show in Knoxville, TN on August 3rd at the Thompson Boling Arena. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via AC.com.

‘Live From The Astroturf’ won an award for ‘Best Documentary Short’ at the Phoenix Film Festival this weekend. Dennis and Cindy Dunaway, Christopher Penn and Steve Gaddis accepted the award.

Beasto Blanco Album Details 5th April 2019

Rat Pak Records have released full details of the new Beasto Blanco album “We Are” which will be released on May 24th. The full press release is as follows:

Beasto Blanco, the band comprised of Chuck Garric (long time Alice Cooper bassist) on guitars and vocals, Calico Cooper on vocals, Brother Latham on guitars, Jan LeGrow on bass and Sean Sellers on drums, will release their 3rd studio album We Are’ on May 24, 2019 via Rat Pak Records.  ‘We Are’ is the follow up album to their highly successful 2016 self-titled sophomore release ‘Beasto Blanco’. Produced by Ryan Greene, the new album is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at: www.ratpakrecords.com/BeastoBlanco.
Regarding the new album Chuck Garric comments, “We spent a lot of time channeling, dissecting and arranging the songs from our new album. The idea was, “Let’s make ‘our’ record – not necessarily what’s popular now or what we think other people will like. We said, let’s make a record for us and our fans. Our fans are loyal and our sound is our sound.”
Guitarist Brother Latham adds “We Are” is a novel record for us.  It shows maturity in the band, without surrendering our reckless abandon and love of rock n’ roll!”
Calico Cooper adds, “This record has teeth. It’s got a bite to it that I love. It’s message is from the people we see around us every day, it’s heartbeat is so loud. It says We are strong. We are indestructible. We are here. We Are!”
The track listing for ‘We Are’ is as follows:
01 The Seeker, 02 Solitary Rave, 03 Ready To Go, 04 Down, 05 Perception Of Me, 06 Let’s Rip, 07 Half Life, 08 We Got This, 09 Follow The Bleed, 10 I See You In It, 11 Halcyon (Bonus-track CD & Download versions).

AZCentral has a long article about the premiere screening of the ‘Live From The Astroturf’ film tonight at the Phoenix Film Festival. Expect some special guests at the screening!
UPDATE: All four surviving members of the original Alice Cooper line up – Alice, Neal, Michael, and Dennis – where at the premiere.

Ryan Roxie could be a guest on the ‘Electric Crush’ radio show on April 9th between 7pm and 9pm. You can listen in to the show here.

While we’re still awaiting any details about either Hollywood Vampires albums set for release this year, you can now welcome fellow vampires to your home with HV doormats!

Shep Gordon is interviewed on ‘Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast’. which you can listen to here.

New Show – Cleveland 25th March 2019

Alice Cooper has added an extra show in Cleveland, OH at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (formerly Nautica Pavilion) on July 14th. Ticket go on sale Friday at 10AM local time with pre-sales starting tomorrow.

Blue Coupe have a indiegogo pledge campaign currently running to help finance there forthcoming third album. You can check out what’s on offer here, which include downloads, signed discs, posters and cowbells!

More Beasto Blanco US Shows 20th March 2019

Beasto Blanco, with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, have announced headline shows around their previously announced Halestorm support slot dates. These shows will promote their new album, which going from the adverts looks to be called “We Are”, and one would assume it will be released around the same time. You can see the full list of shows in the image below.
Calico will also be a guest on ‘The Jimmy Star Show’ Wednesday on W4CY Radio between 3pm and 5pm. It looks like you can listen in here.

Beasto Blanco 2019

Nita Strauss has also added more dates to her tour. The new dates are as follows:
May 18th – Annapolis , MD at Ram’s Head On Stage
May 30th – Grand Rapids MI at The Stache at the Intersection
June 7th – Harrisburg, PA at Harrisburg Arts
June 9th – Rochester NY at Montage Music Hall
June 11th – Richmond VA at Canal Club
June 12th – Atlanta GA at Smith’s Olde Bar
June 13th – Nashville TN at The Basement
June 14th – Memphis TN at Rockhouse Live
June 15th – New Orleans LA at The Parish at The House of Blues
June 17th – Baton Rouge LA at Varsity Theater
June 19th – Austin TX at Come and Take It Live
June 20th – Dallas TX at Trees
June 21st – San Antonio TX at The Rock Box
June 22nd – Houston TX at Warehouse Live (w/ Static-X and DevilDriver)

Alice was out and about in Detroit last week, taking a break from recording new material! Detroit News snapped a pic of him having dinner with Bob Ezrin and Mark Farmer of Grand Funk Railroad, so presumably add his name to the guest list on the next album!

On Saturday Alice and Dash Cooper were at the Arizona Coyotes Ice Hockey match and “dropped the puck” at the start of the game. You can see footage here.

Solid Rock have announced more details about this years “Alice Cooper’s Annual Rock & Roll Fundraising Bash” which takes place on April 27th before the annual golf tournament. Guests this year include Neal Smith, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), Robby Kreiger (The Doors), Danny Seraphone (Chicago) and Jonathan Cain (Journey).

The Independent has an article/list of their 10 best Alice songs, which you can check out here.

Catching Up 11th March 2019

Firstly, apologies for the site issues the last few days. There was a problem with the host server which I’m told should hopefully be fixed now. As a result I didn’t want to do updates in case they were simply lost, so here’s a catch up on what’s come through in the last week:

Six new shows have just been announced for the USA preceding the Halestorm co-headline dates. They are:
July 4th – Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
July 6th – Express Live!, Columbus, OH
July 7th – Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL
July 9th – Five Flags Center, Dubuque, IA
July 10th – The Sylvee, Madison, WI
July 11th – Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN
Tickets go on sale Friday but VIP Pre-sales begin tomorrow at AC.com.

Billboard has a new interview with Alice talking about his plans for this year including the tour, the forthcoming new solo album, and the new Hollywood Vampires releases.
Talking of the new tour Alice says “It’s going to be a brand-new show, an entirely new production – all new staging, all new props and everything. It’s taking a lot of the stuff we know we have to do and a lot of the stuff people are not going to be expecting. ”
As to the new solo album, he’s considering releasing an EP of four new songs in time for the tour, with the full new album to follow in 2020.
“There’s a certain Detroit sound we’re looking for [for the new songs]. It’s indefinable. There’s a certain amount of R&B in it. There’s a certain amount of Motown in it. But then you add the guitars and you add the attitude and it turns into Detroit rock. I feel like if we mine around with all Detroit players, we’re gonna find that sound.” He also mentions guest appearances by fellow Detroit natives Suzi Quatro and Bob Seger. “I can tell you Seger and I will be working on something on this new album. I talked to him and he said, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s be fun,’ and I said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’ So that’s going to happen in the future.” The original band are also set to contribute material, presumably in a similar way to the previous two albums. You can read the whole interview here.

Alice will be appearing at the ‘FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention‘ between April 19th and 20th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT. This is a signing and Q&A session, not a show.

The ‘Live From The Astroturf’ film will be shown at a couple more film festivals in addition to the Phoenix premiere on April 5th. It will be shown at Freep Film Festival in Detroit, MI between April 10th and 14th, and the Dallas, TX International Film Festival between April 11th and 18th.

TruRockRevival have a cool interview with Beasto Blanco co-founder/guitarist Chris Latham. They previously interviewed Chuck and Calico which you can see here.

Keri Kelli’s ‘A New Revenge’ have released another new video, this time for ‘Never Let You Go’ which you can see here. It’s taken from their debut album ‘ Enemies & Lovers’ which is released March 29th on Golden Robot Records. ‘A New Revenge’ features Keri with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest) on vocals, James Kottak (Scorpions, Kingdom Come) on drums and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Whitesnake etc) on bass.

Hollywood Vampires US Dates 4th March 2019

Hot on the heels of the Alice Cooper/Halestorm dates announced earlier this afternoon, now we have six more Hollywood Vampires shows to add to the previously announced Indio, CA show. The full list of shows is below. Still no date for the new Vampires album though – the advertising still shows the first album. According to Blabbermouth the band, Alice, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Tommy Henriksen, will again be joined by Glen Sobel, Chris Wyse and Buck Johnson. Tickets for these shows also go on sale Friday, but again watch out for pre-sales at hollywoodvampires.com.

May 10th – The Joint – Las Vegas, NV
May 11th – The Greek – Los Angeles, CA
May 12th – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
May 14th – The Fillmore – Denver, CO
May 16th – Sandia Casino – Albuquerque, NM
May 17th – Talking Stick Casino – Scottsdale, AZ
May 18th – Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, CA

New US Dates With Halestorm

Alice Cooper and Halestorm have announced a string of US dates for July and August with ‘Motionless In White’ opening. This will be a Co-headline tour but so far it isn’t clear who will play last. What it does mean is both headline acts will presumably get equal time on stage.

“We’ve played festivals with Halestorm, including Rock In Rio, and now I’m excited about doing this summer tour with Lzzy and the band. Can’t wait to get to the first show,” said Alice Cooper.

“We are beyond excited to announce our new tour with the man who burnt the rule book on rock ‘n’ roll… Alice Cooper,” said Lzzy Hale, frontwoman of Halestorm. “Alice is our A in the ABC’s of rock music, and we are honored to be sharing the stage with such a legend and his incredible band. School’s definitely out!”

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday March 8th, but watch out for an AC.com pre-sale a couple of days before that, and possibly a Halestorm pre-sale as well. There is also a Blabbermouth pre-sale starting Wednesday. Password for that one is ‘NIGHTMARE’.
Dates are as follows:

July 17th – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
July 19th – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
July 20th – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 21st – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 23rd – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 25th – St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 26th – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
July 28th – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
July 29th – Cedar Park, TX – H-E-B Center
July 31st – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
August 1st – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 4th – Nashville, TN – The Opry House
August 7th – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
August 8th – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 10th – Portland, ME – Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
August 11th – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 13th – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
August 15th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
August 16th – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion

Alice Cooper/Halestorm 2019

In other news:

Alice popped up on stage with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 a few days ago (Feb 26th) to perform ‘Foxy Lady’ and ‘School’s Out’. You can see some footage here. This was the opening night of John 5’s solo tour at Club Red in Mesa, Arizona. Nita Strauss will be opening a show for John 5 in a few weeks.

Going by release lists for the next Record Store Day (April 13th) ‘Dirty Diamonds’ is getting the vinyl re-issue treatment again. No more details right now. UPDATE: It’s apparently a limited edition (900 copies) vinyl from original record company ‘New West’).

Eonmusic have a new interview with Kane Roberts promoting his ‘The New Normal’ album. which features Alice. Obviously there’s lots of Alice Cooper mentions.

Rock Meets Classic 27th February 2019

It’s only February but Alice is already being booked for 2020! He and Tommy Henriksen will be performing as part of the ‘Rock Meets Classic’ show which will happen March 2020 in Germany. Also on the bill are Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy of Mother’s Finest and Danny Bowes and Luke Morley of Thunder with two more acts to be announced. The dates are as follows and tickets appears to be on sale now:
March 3rd – Dreilanderhalle, Passau
March 5th – BigBOX Allgau, Kempten
March 6th – Hallenstadion, Zurich
March 7th – Arena Nurnberger, Nurnberg
March 8th – Olympiahalle, Munich
March 10th – Tempodrom, Berlin
March 11th – Brose Arena, Bamberg
March 13th – S. Oliver Arena, Wurzburg
March 14th – Jahrhunderhalle, Frankfurt
March 15th – Donau-Arena, Regensburg
March 17h – Ratiopharm Arena, Neu-Ulm
March 19th – MHPArena, Ludwigsburg
March 20th – Messe Halle 1, Dresden

Nita Strauss US Dates

Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss has announced a series of US solo shows between April and June including both headline and special guest shows. The dates are as follows, with ticket details on NitaStrauss.com.
April 10th – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
April 11th – Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
April 14th – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA (with John 5)
May 14th – Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
May 15th – The Firmament, Greenville, SC
May 16th – The Cone Denim Center, Greensboro, NC
May 17th – Veterans Amphitheater, Virgina Beach, VA
May 19th – The Iridium, New York, NY
May 21st – Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
May 22nd – Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
May 24th – Token Lounge, Westland, MI
May 25th – Club At The Clyde, Fort Wayne, IN
May 26th – Everston Rocks, Everston, IL
May 29th – Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
May 31st – Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
June 1st – The Winchester, Lakewood, OH
June 2nd – Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY
June 4th – Greasy Luck Brewpub, New Bedford, MA
June 5th – Palace Theater, Stafford, CT
June 6th – Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA (with Paul Gilbert)
June 8th – Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY (with Paul Gilbert)

Superfan Chris Penn, the man behind ‘Live From The Astroturf’ was on Fox4Ward earlier today talking about the forthcoming movie. You can watch here.

New Interviews

After last weeks UK tour announcement Alice has made a couple of UK radio appearances and there’s been a few interviews as well.
First up was an appearance on BBC Radio 2 where he was interviewed by pop star Will Young (and obviously had no idea who he was!). You can listen again to this one now here. Alice shows up at around 1 hour 20 mins.
The NME has a new interview with Alice, during which he confirms both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page have recorded parts for the forthcoming Hollywood Vampire’s album, which he revealed on NWAC will be called ‘Rise’ and will feature “all new material”. The following day NME ran another article here, and then another one a couple of days later!
Kerrang! have an interview with Alice as well, while The Mirror also ran the tour announcement and added their usual expert research – “First album ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ was released in 1969”. Hmm..

Ryan Roxie’s UK shows at the weekend were excellent. Playing songs from his solo projects DPM and Roxie 77, as well as his latest album ‘Imagine Your Reality’ and a couple of Cooper classics, Roxie and his band (Robby Miller, Sean Tobin and Rob Lane) played two storming sets in Bedford and Birmingham you really shouldn’t have missed (if you did!). While here Roxie posted a series mini-films showing real and not-so-real life on the road which you can see here.
Ryan will be playing a special show in Athens, Greece on March 16th at ‘Crow Live Stage‘. For this show Ryan will be backed by Greek Alice Cooper tribute band ‘Snakebite‘.

Nita Strauss will make a guest appearance on the debut album from ‘Over It All’, a project featuring members of Lamb Of God, Animals as Leaders and Sworn Enemy. She’s also interviewed on Wrestling Inc, and Music Radar.
Nita will be special guest for Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 on on April 14th at ‘Brick By Brick’ in San Diego, CA.

UK Shows Announced 19th February 2019

The official Alice Cooper site has been updated this morning with a full set of UK shows for October. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am with the usual pre-sales etc before that. Support will come from The Stranglers and MC50 (Wayne Kramer’s MC5 band). The dates are:

October 4th – Manchester Arena
October 5th – Aberdeen Event Complex (Teca)
October 7th – Leeds First Direct Arena
October 8th – Brighton Centre
October 10th – London The 02
October 11th – Birmingham Resorts World (formerly Genting) Arena
October 12th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Reportedly Alice will be on BBC Radio 2 this evening around 7pm to talk about the tour.

Alice Cooper UK Tour 2019

New Vampires and Roxie Shows 14th February 2019

The Hollywood Vampires have announced a show at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Events Center in Indio, CA on May 18th. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10AM PT. It’s unlikely this is a one off show so watch for more dates soon.

Ryan Roxie has announced US shows for April this year. He plays the following dates:
April 3rd – Rascals Live Music Venue, Moline, IL
April 4th – Tailgators, Cedar Rapids, IA
April 5th – Mississippi Moon Bar at Diamond Jo Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
April 6th – RocHaus, West Dundee, IL
April 7th – Top Fuel Saloon, Braidwood, IL
April 10th – The Rhythm Saloon, Mt Juliet, TN
April 11th – 37 Main, Buford, GA
April 13th – Bourbon Street. New Port Richey, FL
Don`t forget Ryan is in the UK next week for two solo shows!

Live From The Astroturf – The Movie! 13th February 2019

Above you can see the first trailer for ‘Alice Cooper – Live From The Astroturf’ – the forthcoming documentary telling the story of the now legendary 2015 Alice Cooper band reunion in a small record shop in Texas. Filmed on eight cameras and with music mixed by Bob Ezrin the film also features interviews with the band, organiser Chris Penn and others. It will premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival in Arizona between April 4th and 14th before touring the film festival circuit. Information on when it will be released commercially should follow in the coming months.

Grammy’s and BAFTA’s 11th February 2019

Its been very quiet on the news front for the last couple of the weeks. This could be because Alice has been holed up in the studio as shown by a photo of him with Tommy and Chuck posted by Kyler Clark. Is this the new Alice Cooper album, or maybe guesting on a Beasto Blanco track. Time will tell.
With the start of awards season he’s been out and about this weekend, firstly at Clive Davis’s celebrity Pre-Grammy bash on Saturday (February 9th), and then I assumed he would be at the Grammy’s ceremony itself at the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday, where Jesus Christ Superstar was up for an award, but lost.
According to a tweet from UK broadcaster/comedian and AC fan Danny Baker he was also at the BAFTA awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall last night in London and sat next to Alice! This is weird as there are pictures of Alice with Steven Tyler at Tyler’s Janie’s Fund Benefit at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles last night. It seem far more likely Alice was in Los Angeles then London, so quite what Baker was talking about I’m not sure. It’s not like he wouldn’t know who he was talking to.

Back in December Alice featured on ‘Top 2000 A Gogo’ in the Netherlands talking about ‘Elected’, but the video was geo-locked, preventing most people seeing it. Now it’s up on YouTube and you can see it here. (Thanks Jos)

Keri Kelli has a new band, although it’s really an old band with a new name. He’s launched ‘A New Revenge’ along with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owen’s (Judas Priest), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Whitesnake) and James Kottak (Scorpions, Kingdom Come) and they have an album out on March 25th called ‘Enemies and Lovers’. The band have been playing shows for a few years now under various names, normally playing classic rock covers, but now it’s a proper band playing their own material. You can see a video for the catchy first single ‘The Way’ here which actually features ex Ozzy bassist Phil Soussan standing in for an unavailable Sarzo.

Damon Johnson has released a video for ‘Shivering Shivering’, the lead single from his ‘Memoirs Of An Uprising’ solo album which is released on March 8th via Double Dragon Records. Damon recently spoke to ‘The Classic Metal Show’ about leaving Black Star Riders and heading out on his own which you can read here.

Lastly don’t forget Ryan Roxie’s UK shows are less than two weeks away! With the Nantwich charity show postponed you only have two chances to catch Roxie playing classic solo songs as well as a few Cooper surprises. Don`t miss it! He plays Bedford Esquires on February 22nd and Birmingham ‘The Asylum’ the following night.

New Kane Roberts Video Featuring Alice Cooper 28th January 2019

Below you can watch the new video for ‘The Beginning Of The End’ by Kane Roberts. Taken from his new solo album ‘The New Normal’ it features Alice along with Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz and Sheryl Cooper!

‘Heavy New York’ interviewed Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper of Beasto Blanco at NAMM yesterday and you can see the interview now on YouTube.

Ryan Roxie’s UK shows are getting closer so get your tickets before they sell out. These are full band shows for the first time in the UK and not to be missed. Catch Roxie at Bedford Esquires on February 22nd and The Asylum in Birmingham on February 23rd (and at the Birmingham Guitar Show during the afternoon).
Ryan was also scheduled to play the ‘Cancer On The Rocks‘ benefit show in Nantwich on February 24th but this show has been postponed. Refunds should be available from point of purchase.

Beasto Tour With Halestorm 25th January 2019

Beasto Blanco have been announced as one of two opening acts for Halestorm on their Spring US tour which runs between April 12th and May 17th. You can see the full list of dates on Loudwire.

Kane Roberts new album ‘The New Normal’ is out today, and you can listen to it in full on Spotify (and presumably iTunes etc) now. The album features Alice on ‘Beginning Of The End’ and Nita Strauss on ‘King Of The World’ along with assorted other guests.

Audio Ink Radio have a new interview with Nita which you can check out here.

New Shows 17th January 2019

Four new show dates have turned up for Europe. They are:
September 21st – Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
September 25th – Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
September 27th – Hovet. Stockholm, Sweden
September 28th – Partille Arena, Gothenburg, Sweden

New Show – Mexico 15th January 2019

Alice Cooper will be performing at the Domination Festival in Mexico City on either May 3rd or 4th. Tickets go on sale January 23rd. Also on the bill are Kiss, Slash, Limp Bizkit, and Dream Theater among a host of others. You can check out the poster here.

New Beasto Blanco Shows 12th January 2019

Beasto Blanco have announced three headline shows around their appearance on the Megadeth cruise. They are:
February 20th – Buford, GA – 37 Main Buford
February 22nd – Miami, FL – Magic Cit Casino (MORC Pre-Party)
February 24th – Longwood, FL – Shovelhead

This years Alice Cooper Golf Tournament will happen on April 27th and 28th at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, AZ. The 27th will feature the usual ‘Rock’n’Roll Bash’ with Alice performing along with various guests, while the golf will be on the 28th.

Nita Strauss is interviewed by Mitch Lafon on his ‘Rock Talk’ show which you can listen to here. Nita will also be appearing at this years Dimebash on January 24th in Santa Anna, CA.

Happy New Year 2nd January 2019

As usual Alice spent the new year in Hawaii and performed at Shep Gordon’s annual jam in aid of the Maui Food Bank at Wailea Beach Resort, along with Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood. Songs performed included ‘Brown Sugar‘, ‘No More Mr Nice Guy‘,  ‘Under My Wheels‘,  ‘I’m Eighteen‘,  ‘Poison‘ and ‘School’s Out‘,  Family and band members were also there including Sheryl, Calico, Chuck, Glen and Nita, who backed various other performers over the course of the evening including Disturbed’s David Draiman on ‘The Sound Of Silence‘ and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter.
Alice will reportedly remain on the island and, as last year, will perform at Willie K’s Bluesfest at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on January 5th.

Between February 28th and March 3rd Alice will be taking part in the annual “Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament Jam” in Palm Springs which on February 28th includes a “Story Behind The Story: Songwriter’s Night”. 

Ryan spent his New Year in Paso Roboles, CA performing with a reformed Glamnation along with Eric Dover and Teddy ZigZag!

There’s a few other things to catch up on from the Xmas week:

The Guardian had a short interview with Alice, parts of which have been repeated on numerous other sites. It’s nothing particularly new, just Alice again talking about his dislike of mixing politics and music, but as has happened previous times other sites have grabbed hold of the comments and built their own news stories around them.

According to an interview with Joe Perry the new Hollywood Vampire’s album is currently at the mixing stage and he hopes the band will play more shows this summer.

Rue Morgue Records have posted an article telling the story of the ‘Live From The Astroturf’ album with lots of photos and background info on the release.

Neal Smith is interviewed by Hollywood Soapbox promoting his ‘Best Of KillSmith’ CD which is out now.

Nita Strauss is interviewed by ‘The Roman Show‘ which you can see on YouTube. There’s also an interview with Nita at WSOU over at Soundcloud. Nita also came in a #6 on Ultimate Guitar‘s ‘Guitarist of the Year 2018’!

WhatsupNW have a long article about the Alice Cooper stage play ‘Shock Opera’ which background on the actors and photos. Check out the facebook page for more info.